Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Geography

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than £350 million worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for another £330 million of investment between now and 2016.

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a NERC-funded project, ‘Do past fires explain current carbon dynamics of Amazonian forests?’ that explores the role of centennial-scale historic fire and pyrogenic carbon on the contemporary dynamics of Amazon Basin-wide forests. The post is available from 1-Apr-2017 to 30-April-2019 and is based at Geography, University of Exeter (Streatham) but works closely with other researchers in Exeter, Leeds, Amazonia, and Australia

The post will include:

  • Targeted fieldwork on soils, charcoal, and vegetation across Amazonia to complement existing data.
  • Synthesis of previous data collected under other projects.
  • Analysis of the effects of historic fire, pyrogenic soil carbon, and climate on current forest dynamics, including analysis and interpretation of radiocarbon and stable isotope data.
  • Contribution to project websites, outreach activity, and relevant and related teaching.
  • Working closely with project members to conduct analyses of project data.
  • Placing discoveries in the context of ecological theory, Amazon-wide forest function, and prepare manuscripts describing research results.

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds; and make presentations at conferences and other events.

The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in tropical ecology and/or soils and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will have: a PhD and publication record in a relevant area (e.g., tropical ecology, soil science, GIS); extensive experience in statistical analysis of large complex datasets including, for example, vegetation time series, geostatistical analysis, isotopic and soil data; high motivation with intellectual curiosity and rigour; an ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks; an ability to manage the day-to-day operation of a research project, including supervision of research students and teaching, and planning large-scale field campaigns; strong oral and written communication skills, ability to present research; meta-analysis, GIS (preferably linked to R); Portuguese and/or Spanish language skills.

For further information please contact Dr Ted Feldpausch, e-mail or telephone +44 (01392) 722297.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week of 1-Feb-2017.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P52394 in any correspondence.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter’s STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

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